How to turn plastic crates into fun storage boxes

Transform a plain black crate into a gelato-hued storage with a bit of spray paint and some elbow grease. These crates make ideal storage for small toys, stationery and magazines.

Tools and materials


Disposable gloves

Drop sheet



Mini paint roller kit

No-primer spray paint (we used White Knight ‘Squirts’ paint & prime spray paints)

Paint brushes (including angled brush)

1. Clean the crates

Wipe the crates with a cloth to ensure they’re free from debris and dust. Lay a drop sheet over the area you’ll be working and place the crates upside down over the sheet.

2. Paint the outside

Wearing protective gloves, glasses and a safety mask, apply the paint using a back-and-forward motion, working over the base and around the edges. Apply two to three coats of paint, leaving the paint to dry between each coat.

3. Paint the inside

When the last outside coat is dry, turn the crates over to spray inside, working around the sides and over the base for even coverage. Apply two to three coats of paint, leaving the paint to dry after each coat.

4. Fill your crates

Once the last coat of paint is dry, your crates are now ready to be used as storage for whatever you like.

Stay organised

Looking for more ways to keep your space organised? We've got plenty of shelving and storage ideas for you to try.


Photography credit: James Moffatt


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